By Duane Fonseca
Satish Seemar and Musabbeh Al Mheiri took the plaudits among the trainers on the domestic card at Meydan Saturday scoring doubles, the same as jockey Tadhg O’Shea whose two wins helped him move clear of Antonio Fresu at the top of the UAE Jockeys Championship.
Al Mheiri and O’Shea got off the mark winning the opening 2000m maiden on dirt with Harbour Dance who skipped home nine and a half lengths clear of Lady Snazz with Fawzi Nass’ Off White a further three lengths behind in third under Adrie de Vries.
Seemar may have missed out with Lady Snazz but the Zabeel boss was on target in the 1600m maiden on the same surface that followed where Emblem Storm took a two length victory under Fresu. In second place was stablemate Lake Causeway with Richard Mullen aboard, with Doug Watson’s Tapi Sioux third, a further three and a quarter lengths in arrears under Pat Dobbs.
Four handicaps followed that dished out names that could potentially qualify for the 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival.
The first of these, a 1200m dash on dirt, was won by Pop The Hood, trained by Seemar and ridden by O’Shea, who was home four and a quarter lengths clear of Important Mission, whom he headed 300m from home. Salem bin Ghadayer trained and Royston Ffrench ridden Important Mission was a further five clear of Ali Rashid Al Rayhi’s Etisalat, the ride of Sandro Paiva.
Saeed bin Suroor and Kevin Stott were on target in the 2435m turf handicap, where a calm Beauvais tracked leader Emirates Empire for most of the race and raced to the front 400m out to hold on from fast finishing Seemar charge Dolmen, the ride of Mullen. Beauvais won by a neck with Erwan Charpy’s Mudaarab a further two and a quarter adrift under Jim Crowley.
Watson and Sam Hitchcott scored in the 2000m handicap on dirt with Illusional turning up a solid five lengths clear of Al Rayhi’s Szczepan Mazur ridden Quartier Francais, the ride of Paiva. Mahmood Hussain’s Mark Of Approval was third under Antonio Fresu.
The card concluded with a 1400m turf handicap in which Al Mheiri and Mazur scored with Tashweeq, a two and three fourths of a length winner over Seemar’s Speedy Move, who dispatched stable companion Kinver Edge by a neck to third.